NEW! {online} Family Retreat hosted by The Milky Way

Enjoy INSTANT access to all 18 instructor videos for $297 USD (or 2 payments of $159)    >> sign up now

2019 {online}

Family Retreat

 hosted by The Milky Way

Ready to fall in love
with your family sessions?  

Ready to fall in love with your family sessions?  

Want to capture MORE connection in your sessions?  Frustrated you can't book more clients? 

Feeling uninspired on your shoots?  Finding the whole photography journey a little lonely?

If so...this online experience is for you.

Introducing the 2019 {online} Family Retreat -  where 18 talented photographers have joined forces to share their knowledge on...

  • Family posing, story-telling + styling ideas
  • Direction on capturing connection between your clients
  • Editing, marketing and so much more!

Get INSTANT access to the videos

Please review topics covered prior to purchasing to ensure it is the right experience for you. Purchase is non-refundable.  
Teachers return Sept 18-24th.

Why do students LOVE our {online} retreats?

You can learn from home
(No travel - or pants - required! Hurray!)

Watch on YOUR schedule
(plus downloadable videos!)

Bonus Facebook Community
(a positive, drama-free place to connect!)

Over 22,100 students have experienced our online retreats.

Who are the teachers?
And what are they teaching?

large family photo session in brown grasses

Storytelling and Connection with Large Families

Stormy takes you along on one of her real client sessions, as if you're right there beside her. You'll get to hear her thought process on location, light, styling and strategy for getting authentic connection and storytelling with the large family, even before they arrive. You'll then get to follow along as the shoot unfolds, hearing every prompt and conversation between; while watching her problem solve and pull aside to describe what she's thinking as she executes capturing the unique story and connections of this family.

Her approach will teach you how to have confidence when photographing large families, by pulling out their authentic connection and story, without having to depend on a list of shots or prompts.

Running Time: 61 min

Stormy Solis

Stormy Solis Photography

Keeping the Fun in Family Sessions:

Capturing Joy + Connection

Rachel will walk you through her thought process, shooting tips, and editing workflow for a beautiful family session. She will share her favorite prompts to help you capture joy and happiness in each family session.  Learn how she helps a family relax and have fun at their session to get authentic expressions and connection. Rachel will walk you through her settings, gear, and how she makes decisions about what to capture. 

Watch her editing process in Lightroom and Photoshop to help you edit efficiently and beautifully in your own workflow. You will walk away with tips to help you be confident in your next family session and truly capture joy while having fun!

Editing shown: ​Yes

Running Time: 54 min

Rachel Nielsen

Rachel Nielsen Photography

Building Relationships with Your Clients

Learn how Mallory forms a strong connection with each client that keeps them coming back. She will share why she thinks it’s important to establish the relationship as well as strategies she uses to do it. You will be presented with a few different options that you can easily incorporate into your business!

Running Time: 29 min

Mallory Jackson

Mal Jack Photography

Direct Response Marketing - Intro to Facebook Ads

Learn how to attract and book your dream clients using Facebook Ads. In this class, Easton will teach you the same system he has taught to over 1000 photographers from all over the world.

He will touch on discovering your client avatar, understanding the consumer buying process, creating copy that converts, positioning your brand as the Thought Leader, Building the perfect ad, and so much more!

Running Time: ​​1 hr 5 min

Easton Reynolds

The Art of Six Figures

Photographing a Feeling:

Capturing Emotive Photographs of Families

In this class Chloe will show you tips and tricks on how she photographs families in an emotive way. From pre-session expectations to tangible prompts and movements you can use at your own family sessions! Learn how to be unapologetically yourself and own your own artistic voice and leave with the confidence to incorporate these tips into your next family session!

Running Time: ​51 min

Chloe Ramirez

Chloe Ramirez Photography

family walking away from camera

Festival Styled Large Family Session

Hailey walks you through her entire vision of styling a family. She will break down each wardrobe piece and how it was all intentional to create a vision. See the wardrobe pieces work together in a real session that meets its own challenges. You will get to see how to work around crying babies and look for moments regardless of uncontrollable circumstances.

Enjoy seeing the gallery of images taken and hear an emotional letter written to Hailey after the session!

Running Time: 59 min

Hailey Faria

Hailey Faria Photography

urban family photo session in late afternoon sun

Photographing Families Downtown:
The ins and outs of shooting Urban Family Sessions

Spend an hour with Brigette as she walks you through her process of getting families to relax and have fun at their sessions, even in a busy downtown environment. She'll share some important tips about shooting in an urban setting as well as helpful tools she uses every time she photographs a family.

You'll then get to come along and watch Brigette work an Urban shoot! Watch as she interacts with the parents and their toddler. Listen to all of the conversations, prompts and interactions as the shoot unfolds while learning how to capture those authentic "unposed" photographs. And finally, she'll end by editing some of the images.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: 1 hr 8 min

Brigette Schaffarzick

Penguin Pictures

Family Films:

Preserving Memories with Video

This class will teach you everything you need to know about how to start shooting video. You’ll learn about correct camera settings, audio capture, visual storytelling and camera movements. You’ll get to watch Courtney work behind the scenes in Adobe Premiere Pro as she takes you through a breakdown of her process for editing films. 

Walk away with practical tips and techniques that you can apply immediately, and gain the confidence to start shooting video during your sessions.

Editing shown: Yes (video editing)

Running Time: ​1 hr 24 ​min

Courtney Holmes

Filming Life Academy

Motherhood Studio Session

Join Donatella to learn how to create timeless mom and baby portraits that celebrate the beauty of motherhood. From concept to editing, she’ll guide you through it all showing three completely different looks using one light only.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: 49 min

Donatella Nicolini

Donatella Nicolini Photography

Encouraging Soulful and

Genuine Connection 

through Posing, Styling + Editing

Jodi will take you behind the scenes as she captures a family of five with young children in the rolling California hills.

Filled with storytelling, movement and true connection, she will share how she encourages a meaningful session experience while bringing beauty and love to her sessions. You will hear how she prompts her subjects to evoke true emotion and create unforgettable moments.

Jodi will share her thought process during the session from utilizing composition in nature to intentional posing to give you a full experience! She will also touch on fluid styling to create mood, add texture and layering and evoke dreamy movement in imagery.

Lastly she will review the imagery she captured during the shoot with you emphasizing the prompting, styling, intent and editing. Learn how to capture images that not only showcase each unique family, but bring purpose and meaning to you too.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: 1 hr 22 min

Jodi Lynn Buckles

Jodi Lynn Photography

Fine Art with Tweens:
Concept to Execution

You will discover how Katie comes up with ideas for her fine art pieces, and bring them to life. We will explore combining color with props, styling and posing.

Katie will take you step by step through the creation process including using natural light in a studio setting. She will finally guide you through her full beauty editing process, leading to a vibrant and dynamic final product.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: 1 hr 10 min

Katie Andelman 

Katie Andelman Photography

Making Mid Day Sessions Work: 
Using light & locations to work with your schedule

As photographers we all dream of the golden hour sessions - but let's face it, that doesn't always work for our clients.  

In this video, Lisa will take you along for a 'high-noon' shoot to show you how she handles less than ideal light situations.   You'll also see how quickly she moves when you don't have much time to keep the little ones happy.  

You'll then see the editing process that will allow you to speed up your workflow (and deal with those spring-time neon green grasses!)

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: ​49 min

Lisa DiGeso

Milk & Honey Photography

Story Selling Strategy:

How to Book More Photography Clients

Christine will share with you why stories are so powerful and how you can use them to stand out in a crowded market. She will share tips on how to save more time (and energy) and have a plan in place to keep your website working for you even during your busiest times of the year, all so that you can make more Connections, start more Conversations, and increase your Conversions!

Running Time: 1 hr 4 min

Christine Tremoulet

Christine Tremoulet

Beach Family Session

Anja will bring you along for a full session photographing a family with 5 children at the beach. Anja will cover different aspects in this video including what to consider when planning your session, timing, lighting, equipment and full posing workflow.

Editing shown: Yes

Running Time:  1 hr 20 min

Anja McDonald

Anja McDonald Photography

Capturing Genuine Expressions and Authentic Connections

Learn how to exude raw emotions with intentional family posing and genuine interaction prompts. In this video, Kelsey ​will walk you through her session process and take you along for a fun filled family session at sunset.

After the session, watch Kelsey edit photos in Lightroom and Photoshop to get a vibrant, rich look. It's time to stop blanking at family sessions, and start feeling confident about ways to interact with families to create full, well-rounded galleries filled with countless happy moments and genuine giggles.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: ​​1 hr 42 min

Kelsey Freeman

Kelsey Freeman Photography

Lighting, Framing, Background:

How to Make It All Come Together

Have you ever felt that ​although you are shooting in beautiful surroundings, ​you still do not get it right in camera? Maria will teach you what to look for and how you should use the environment, light and your gear to really make it work, regardless of what kind of session you are shooting or how many people are in the picture.

Follow Maria on a photo session with a model and learn how to look for the best light, when to shoot and the impact direction of light has on your photos. She will also show you how to frame your clients in different ways to bring that bit of extra magic to your photos. And to make your client stand out and look great, she will teach you ​what you should do to get that beautiful background that doesn't distract but rather adds to your photo. And, of course, to really bring out the best in your clients' photos, you will learn how to make it all come together in editing.

Editing Shown: Yes

Running Time: ​1hr 16 min

Maria Lindberg 

Fotograf Maria Lindberg

The Legal Lens:

Equipping yourself with the right legal equipment for success

TheLawTog shares steps to liability and brand protection to ensure you can stay focused on photography and not fighting legal battles.

Running Time: ​56 min

Rachel Brenke


Creating an In-Demand Senior Portrait Business:

Tips from a Sold Out Photographer

The world of Senior Photography is ever changing. And Senior clients seem to be the most fickle to please. Through the past 8 years, I've adapted my process and developed my flow that has continued to work for me, season after season. 

You'll join me on an actual senior session, as well as see a behind the scenes look at exactly what steps I take to work efficiently and guide my clients from their initial inquiry all the way through ordering their images.

Running Time: 60 min

Shana Carter

Shana C. Carter Photography

Ready to feel inspired in your family sessions?

It doesn't matter what country or time-zone you are in.
You can watch on YOUR schedule!

First Retreat Experience?  
Here's how it works...

Imagine an in-person conference
...except it all happens online

You don't have to 'pick' which class to attend (you can watch them all!) and there's NO travel involved!

18 talented photographers will share their secrets and expertise on family posing, editing, marketing and more!


You will get INSTANT access to all 18 instructor videos which you can watch online until June 15th, 2020 (plus you can download them, so you have them for LIFE!)

All the videos are pre-recorded, so you don't have to "show up live" at a specific time (so it works for all time-zones and all kinds of work schedules!).

Head into your family sessions re-inspired!

Best value

(Most flexible)

Still unsure?

Let me any of these sound familiar?

  • You LOVE photographing families but aren't 100% confident with your posing and you really want to capture authentic expressions.
  • You never quite know what to say to get your clients to relax and just be themselves.
  • You struggle to get more clients (and keep the ones you have coming back!)
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    ​You're starting to feel like you are stuck in a rut,  doing the same poses with clients over and over and could use a little inspiration.

If so, I get it.  (I totally get it).

I have felt every. single. one. of those things. 

(sometimes all on the same day - ha!) 

Getting the chance to peek over the shoulder of your favourite photographers can be one of the most valuable training assets we can have.   

And with such a wide variety of talent joining us this year to teach, we don’t just get to witness how one person works; we get to see the process from a variety of different photographers. Because there isn't just ONE way to do things (and for that I'm grateful!) 

I want you to imagine what it will feel like when you can walk into every session feeling calm, confident and ready to guide your clients.  

Created by a Photographer
Who Cares About Other Photographers.

When I first got started, I so badly wanted to learn from others.  However,  I simply couldn't take time away from my family (and business) to travel to in-person events.  

Plus...I found my brain could only absorb so much info before what I'm learning goes in one ear and out the other (...and I also suffered from so much self doubt).

Can you relate? That's exactly why I created the {online} retreat experience for you.  

It's a wonderful opportunity to refine your photography + posing skills , discover new inspiration from many sources and connect with a positive group of like-minded photographers - all from the comfort of home.

Because let's face it, this business can feel lonely at times - but that doesn't mean we need to go it alone. Sound good to you?

So, you now have 2 choices!

#1. You can continue just scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest and try to cobble together some ideas and inspiration on your own.
#2. You can have 18 instructors come to your living room, to show you exactly how they run their sessions, create magic in everyday moments, fill their sessions, and so much more.

Where do you want to be 6 months from now?

If you're ready to walk away feeling inspired with your family sessions, we would LOVE to have you join us!  I’ll see you on the inside!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I HAVE to be online at a certain time?  No! Once videos are released June 18th you can watch on your own schedule! 

Can I download the presentations? Yes - you can download the videos so you have them for life - and you'll be able to able to access the info on our private Retreat website until June 15th, 2020.

*Is there a Facebook community for the retreat? We'll be hosting a bonus Facebook group.  Please note, this pop-up community is a bonus - not a paid part of the Family Retreat experience.  To participate, there is a set of community guidelines to follow (basically - be awesome!), but those who are not awesome, will be asked to leave. Teachers threads will be open June 18th - July 2nd, 2019 and then re-open Sept 18th- 24th. The group will be archived before the 2020 retreat gets underway.

Is this subtitled? Videos will have English subtitles. If you are interested in another language, email and if there is enough interest we may add them in the future.

What currency is the price?  USD

Can I buy this with a group and share my login?  We appreciate you respecting our teachers (and the law!!) by ensuring your login is for your eyes only.  Thanks for being awesome! It's a bummer when we have to pursue legal action to protect our teachers, but we will.

Is this beginner-friendly? Yes!  While it isn't an A-Z guide to family photography, we also know that new and aspiring photographers will take away lots of tips they can implement immediately (not to mention, the boost of inspiration!)  We don't cover the basics of understanding your camera, shooting in manual, etc.

How long are the videos? Teacher videos will range from 30-80 minutes.  Some will be video footage of the instructor in action showing specific posing and lighting techniques, while other topics will be presented in a slideshow or screen share format. 

Is this professionally filmed? Nope! In fact, each presenter will be creating/filming their own presentation which might be a slideshow presentation, a video of them in their office, studio or on location showing you a session, or a screen share where you can watch them edit.   You will enjoy a jam-packed event with info, tips and inspiration to help you with your family photography (but it won't be up for any videography awards, so if that's a deal breaker for you, give this a pass​.

Do you have a money-back guarantee? Tickets are non-refundable.  Just like an in-person conference, you go in knowing there are some sessions you are going to love and some that might not feel applicable to you.  At the end of the day, you need to decide what you are looking for and if the sessions described fit what you need! 

Is there tax added?  If you have the good fortune of living in Canada, then yes, there will be GST and/or HST charged. If your business is registered, it is more of a 'paper shuffle' with the CRA vs added cost.  If you don't have a business tax ID, we know tax can seem like a bummer, but think of all the wonderful things it healthcare tops our list!


Interested in teaching at a future retreat?
Or want to nominate someone?

Click here to fill out our initial application

*IMPORTANT:  the Facebook group is a BONUS, not a paid part of the program to connect with other students.  We have community guidelines (basically, be awesome) - if you aren't, you will be removed. Provided the group remains positive, it will stay open until our 2020 Family Retreat gets underway at which point it will be archived. 

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